Mindfulness And Calming Your Thoughts

 

 

 

 

In the rush to accomplish necessary tasks and manage our daily lives, we often find ourselves losing our connection with the present moment—missing out on what we are doing and how we are feeling. Did you notice whether you felt well-rested this morning or that your new rose bloomed today? You can improve your life with simple mindfulness practices.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing our attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment. Mindfulness is now being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in stress reduction and overall happiness.

It generally involves a heightened awareness of sensory stimuli (really noticing your breathing, feeling the sensations of your body, etc.) and being “in the moment.”

While mindfulness has origins in Eastern philosophy, there is no necessary religious component to mindfulness. Anyone with any belief system can enjoy the benefits of mindfulness.

What Are the Benefits of Mindfulness?

Increasing our capacity for mindfulness supports many attitudes that contribute to a satisfied life. Being mindful makes it easier to savor the pleasures in life as they occur, helps us to become fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events. By focusing on the here and now, many people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem, and are better able to form deep connections with others.

If greater well-being isn’t enough of an incentive, scientists have discovered that mindfulness techniques help improve physical health in a number of ways. Mindfulness can help relieve stress, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain,  improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.

Even an informal approach to mindfulness can help us to stay in the present and fully participate in life. You can choose any task or moment to practice informal mindfulness, whether you are eating, showering, walking, or playing with a child.

An Informal Approach to Mindfulness

  • Start by bringing your attention to the sensations in your body
  • Breathe in through your nose, allowing the air downward into your lower belly. Let your abdomen expand fully.
  • Now breathe out through your mouth
  • Notice the sensations of each inhalation and exhalation
  • Proceed with the task at hand slowly and with full deliberation
  • Engage your senses fully. Notice each sight, touch, and sound so that you savor every sensation.
  • When you notice that your mind has wandered from the task at hand, gently bring your attention back to the sensations of the moment.

Mindful tea-drinking practice

Frequently, even short periods of meditation can seem overwhelming at first. So bringing mindfulness to everyday activities such as drinking a cup of tea is a gentle way to begin. It’s also a helpful way to develop your practice. Below are a few suggestions on how to practice mindful tea-drinking.

1. Be open to your senses, rather than try to analyze what’s happening as you prepare the water for tea-making.

2. Notice the feeling of being in your environment.

3. When your mind wanders into thought, as it probably will, gently return your attention to sensing.

4. Be aware of your sensations and the liking or disliking of them. If there are thoughts, let them enter into and then pass through your mind without following them. Try to stay with the tea tasting. Notice without judgement any desire to rush the drinking, and any impatience that comes.

5. Bring gentle awareness to whatever emerges. Becoming conscious of how much the mind wanders is a sign of growing awareness. Be open to the spirit of the practice, sensing with gentle precision what’s happening, moment by moment, and coming back to sensing whenever you notice you’ve drifted into thought.

The key is understanding what drives your patterns of behavior and then learn how to shift them to serve you instead of holding you back.

Focus on the present and quiet that voice inside – the one that offers the running commentary on what you’re doing, what you’ve done, and what you will be doing. When we focus on fulfillment over achievement, we will enjoy the journey.

 

Race Across America-Win With Bemer!

RAMM-Race Across America on a bike

For 36 years RAAM has been challenging ultracyclists from around the globe to push their physical and mental limits to the farthest reaches. Starting in Oceanside, under one of the longest piers in California, RAAM spans 3000 miles, climbs 175,000 feet, crosses 12 states and finishes in Annapolis, Maryland, the east coast sailing mecca.

 

The route travels west to east, traversing three major mountain ranges (Sierra, Rocky and Appalachian), crosses four of America’s longest rivers (Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio) and the Great Plains.  Also, passing through such iconic American landmarks as the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, Monument Valley, Great Plains and Gettysburg.

 

Open to amateur and professional racers, in solo, 2-, 4- and 8-person relay teams, there is no other race in the world comparable to RAAM. The Race has become a global icon, having had over 35 countries represented. Not only has RAAM proved to be one of the most challenging races in the world, but has become a huge platform for racers to raise awareness and money for charities of their choice.

A RAAM 2016 team was co-sponsored by BEMER with four top level bike riders.

  • The race lasted only 5 days, traveling 24/7 from Oceanside, California to the Annapolis, Maryland….over 3,000 miles of distance.
  • Our racers changed places every 17-22 min. throughout the race. The racer would then use the BEMER before and after every leg of their participation.
  • Early in the race, riders faced 116 degree temps in Arizona on the pavement. The riders feel that BEMER helped them stay hydrated throughout the race.
  • RAAM was the ‘first ever road race in America’ assisted by BEMER.
  • RESULTS- OUR TEAM WON THE RACE in our division of Four Man/Woman teams. In addition, our Four Person team also beat the competitors in the Eight man/woman teams by a 16 minute margin

Becoming an official RAAM finisher means claiming ultra-racing’s most coveted jersey and medal…and, for the lucky few that win their race division, the prized USA plaque…and being among the elite family who call themselves RAAM Finishers.  RAAM will always sit at the pinnacle of ultra-racing accomplishments!

How does this affect YOU? Well, our team used BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy during every step of their trek and YOU CAN, TOO!

FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN BENEFIT EVERY DAY AND HAVE THIS TECHNOLOGY IN YOUR HOME!

 

Mother’s Day Magic

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Flowers are always a safe bet, but why not give the health-conscious mom in your life a gift that she can actually use and start enjoying right away? In fact, 31 percent of moms said they want to do an outdoor activity like hiking or sports on Mother’s Day, especially if it is with her family, according to a recent survey by Houzz.com.

No matter what age group the moms on your Mother’s Day list fall into, the gifts of health, fitness, and well-being are always the best ways to appreciate any mom on any day of the year — especially Mother’s Day. Mom spends all year taking care of her family, so Mother’s Day is the perfect time to give her something that keeps her health and happiness a top priority.

Women need about two and a half hours of moderate–intensity physical activity (think brisk walking) every week and two or more days where we do things that strengthen our muscles. That means we need five 30–minute workouts a week, plus some strengthening exercises such as push–ups, squats, or weight lifting. That may seem like a lot if you’re just getting started, so start small. Mom might need help with childcare or household duties to squeeze in time for this, so how about gifting her with free babysitting or dishwashing?

Hire a trainer or life coach to help Mom reach her goals — whether fitness, financial, or emotional. These days, there are coaches available to get her over just about any obstacle that life puts in her way.

If your mom is the breakfast-in-bed type — and who isn’t? — try cooking a gourmet, healthy breakfast to start her day off right.

However you decide to honor your mother on Mother’s Day, know that she loves you no matter what. Here is a message that you can send to convey your love:

I believe in love at first sight

Because I’ve been  loving my mom

Since I first opened my eyes.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Fat Burners-Learn More Here

Fat burners can be an effective weight-loss aid when used properly.
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What are they? The pills that can make fat melt off your body like ice cream from a kid’s cone, right? Not exactly. Fat burners are supplements. They’re designed with ingredients that can really give you an extra boost to help burn fat. But they can’t replace a solid diet and exercise plan.

Many  people think the fat burner is the miracle solution they’ve been looking for, but sticking to a calorie restricted diet is 80 percent of your battle. If you can do it and stay consistent with it, then you’ve done 80 percent of the work. The rest is exercise, time, and you can get extra help from supplementation.

Fat burners can help enhance fat loss, but they’re only going to do so if a proper diet is in place. Fat burners work in a variety of ways. They can boost energy, help curb appetite, promote fat to be used for energy, and even increase your metabolism and core temperature so you burn more calories throughout the day. But, if you take a fat burner and then feast on burgers, pizza, and bagels, you won’t be seeing fat loss any time soon.

Take a hard look at your diet and determine if it fits your fat loss goal. To lose fat and reveal a toned physique you’ll need to be eating slightly fewer calories than your maintenance level, getting lots of protein, and maintaining other clean and healthy eating habits with slow-digesting carbs, healthy fats, and lots of fresh vegetables. When you feel confident about your diet and in control of your nutrition environment you can start to explore fat support supplementation.

Starting the day you take it, you’ll feel the energizing effects of PhysIQ Fat Burn’s active ingredients — Sinetrol® and Svetol®. They use naturally derived fat burners — like citrus and green coffee bean extract — to stimulate the breakdown of abdominal fat and support long-term weight management. Combined with exercise and a healthy diet, you can burn stubborn fat and uncover a body you love.

PhysIQ Fat Burn  is founded on science and backed by research. Fat Burn doesn’t use any harmful stimulants to get results and is safe for long-term use to reducing body fat and boosting your metabolism and energy.

Sinetrol®, an active ingredient is PhysIQ Fat Burn, is a patented weight management blend — formulated from natural Mediterranean citrus. It uses sweet orange, blood orange and grapefruit extracts and their bioactive polyphenols to stimulate the natural breakdown of fat.

Svetol®,the other main ingredient in PhysIQ Fat Burn is a patented fat burner that contains green coffee bean extract. This contributes to body weight management by inducing the use of fat as a source of energy. Svetol® is backed by published peer-reviewed studies. The studies demonstrated a decrease in overall weight, body mass index and fat loss.

Keep these tenets in mind, and you’ll be standing as the victor on the fat-loss battlefield. And looking good doing it! Learn More

Protein Breakfast Choices

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We have all heard before that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives you more energy, more focus, and a healthier life to boot. But what do you know about the importance of high protein breakfasts? Hint: it could be the best breakfast choice you will ever make!

Here are some reasons why protein for breakfast is a good idea:

  1.  It fills you up. Most of us lead busy lives, so we need a breakfast that will get us through to the next meal. Who can perform well at work or get things done when you’re hungry?
  2. Protein helps you to lose weight. Along with filling you up, healthy protein-packed breakfasts also balance out your digestion for the rest of the day.
  3. Protein builds muscle. Even if you are not a bodybuilder type, maintaining your muscle mass is an issue that all of us will face eventually. Losing muscle mass can greatly impact your quality of life as you age, so it’s critical to be eating plenty of protein and living an active lifestyle.

How to add more protein to your breakfast regime? Here are some ideas!

a. Good old-fashioned eggs are the default choice for a protein-packed breakfast, but why not try a recipe with some kick? Two scrambled eggs, a quarter cup of black beans, sautéed onion, and pico de gallo wrapped in a corn tortilla packs 25 grams of protein! Add a dash of cayenne for the kick!

b. Oatmeal is a breakfast classic, and it can be the answer to your protein dreams. Try cooking a quarter cup of dry oatmeal with one and a quarter cup of skim milk and add one chopped apple and a quarter cup of chopped walnuts. Add cinnamon and honey for flavor and you have a winning breakfast with 24 grams of protein.

c. A breakfast salad with a half cup of shelled soybeans, half a cup of chopped tomatoes, and one ounce of mozzarella cheese drizzled with some balsamic vinegar and you have a 25 gram protein breakfast.

There is no reason why you cannot love food and be healthy at the same time! I add a mid-morning smoothie made with PhysIQ protein powder (14 grams/scoop) and I am happy till lunch!

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